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Title: Modular reconfigurable machine tools: design, control and evaluation
Authors: Padayachee, J
Bright, G
Masekamela, I
Keywords: Reconfigurable manufacturing systems
Modular reconfigurable machines
Open architecture control
Modular machine control
Industrial engineering
Issue Date: Nov-2009
Publisher: South African Institute of Industrial Engineering
Citation: Padayachee, J, Bright, G and Masekamela, I. 2009. Modular reconfigurable machine tools: design, control and evaluation. South African Journal of Industrial Engineering, Vol. 20(2), pp 127-143
Abstract: The reconfigurable manufacturing system (RMS) paradigm encapsulates methodologies that enable manufacturing systems to cope effectively with market and product changes. This research presents the design and evaluation of modular reconfigurable machine (MRM) tools as a novel machining solution within the scope of RMS. Mechanical and control designs are presented, outlining the development of this novel machining system. The property of hardware modularity displayed by MRMs enables an adjustment of system functionality and the synergistic redistribution of system resources between production streams, thus facilitating inter-process capacity scaling. Scalable production capacity and adjustable system functionality are the key objectives of reconfigurable manufacturing.
Description: Copyright: 2009 South African Institute of Industrial Engineering
URI: http://search.sabinet.co.za/WebZ/Authorize?sessionid=0&bad=ejour/ejour_badsearch.html&portal=ejournal&next=images/ejour/indeng/indeng_v20_n2_a11.pdf
ISSN: 1012-277X
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